Aldine (Texas) High School coach Bob Jones certainly isn't going to have any shortage of prospects in the class of 2008. After having Division I prospects like Terrance Anderson and Curtis Thomas in the classes of 2006 and 2007, Jones has had several coaches come through already looking at his juniors.
The list starts with offensive tackle Daniel Campbell, who has been on several people's radar since he was a sophomore. However, quarterback Darron Thomas and mid-season transfer Anthony Lewis are sure to get their fair share of Division I interest as well.
"My trainer calls Darron a poor man's Vince Young," Jones said. "He's about 6-3, 190 pounds right now. He threw for 1,000 yards and rushed for 500 more this past year. Personally, I believe, the first time we beat Lamar, he was personally responsible for it.
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"Plus, he's really smart and has excellent grades."
Jones says that Thomas' first scholarship offer may be on the table.
"I heard at the end of last week that Northwestern had offered Darron, but I haven't confirmed that yet with the coaches up there," Jones said. "I've got to check on that, but it wouldn't surprise me – he's a talented kid."
Though Jones has had quarterbacks like Anderson move to other positions, he says that Thomas will most likely be a quarterback on the next level.
Linebacker Lewis transferred in during this past year and got eligible midway through the season and then was sidelined with knee surgery for a few games. He returned for the playoffs and Jones says that Lewis has the chance to be a great weakside linebacker.
"He is a down hill guy for sure," Jones said about Lewis. "He's going to run a 4.5 or 4.6-second 40-yard dash and he knows how to run guys down. I think he's going to be a super WILL linebacker because he can come off the edge so well."
His blue-chip recruit, Campbell, has already drawn a host of scholarship offers and Jones doesn't expect that to stop for a long time.
"Right now, Daniel has offers from BYU, Florida, Baylor, Texas Tech, Kansas, and Texas loves him, but they've not offered yet," Jones said. "Those are the early ones he has now, but he'll get more."